To Samuel Clarke
Monticello Sep. 25. 98.
I duly recieved your favor of July 10. with the account inclosed, authorising me to debit mr John Mc. Dowell for nails delivered over to him £124.2.7 leaving a balance in your hands of £90.18.8½. having recieved nothing of the earnings of my nailery during my absence from Decemb. last, & little since my return, and constantly to make advances for nailrod I am under a necessity of solliciting your remittance of the balance at the first possible moment. I shall be much pressed by a paiment to be made at our next court (Oct. 1.) when the reciept of your balance would be peculiarly acceptable. however, then, or as soon after as you can make it convenient will oblige Dr. Sir
Your most obedt. servt
PrC (MHi); at foot of text: “Mr. Samuel Clarke”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso.